Electromechanical & Electric Locks: Know your options

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Electromechanical and electric locks are an ideal way for commercial entities to up their security and peace of mind.

When choosing between the likes of a standard mortice lock or more advanced options, it makes sense to go for one that utilises the best of modern technology. This is especially true where the protection of your assets and business data are concerned.

When it comes to electromechanical and electric locks, you’ve got several locking solutions to choose from. At ASSA ABLOY, we offer some of the world’s most respected names in door opening and closing technology. Here are the products that your business premises might benefit from.

The Electro-magnetic lock

This kind of lock is fitted to a door and uses magnetic force to hold it closed. This solution is normally used in fail-safe applications. This means that when there is a power failure, the lock will release, allowing occupants of a building to exit in the event of an emergency. However, this lock can be made fail-secure with the help of a battery back-up, which means that it would still remain locked in the event of a power outage. This would allow the occupants and the assets in the building to remain secure even without electricity. The status of the lock (either open or closed) can be monitored electronically as well, providing peace of mind no matter where you are. The mag-lock is more of a control device than a security device, with other electronic locks providing higher security.

The Electric strike lock

This refers to devices that are installed in the standard strike plate position. Such a position allows it to act as an electronically-controlled, collapsible strike plate. Alongside a spring latch with an anti-thrust bolt, electric strikes are particularly effective. They are also available in fail-safe and fail-secure options. Both make allowances for the monitoring of the electrical latch position. Anti-thrust is also known as dead locking and refers to the inability of a spring latch to be forced back or manipulated when a door is closed. The electric strike lock, is morticed in the door, while an electric strike is morticed into the frame, also providing good security with the fail secure and fail safe options. With the strike locks, the lock itself provides the fail secure option, locking in the event of no power – for example where you have a store room with high value assets which needs to stay closed in a power outage.

The Solenoid lock

Thanks to a magnetic coil and plunger device known as an electric solenoid, the bolt or latch in this lock is thrown by magnetic force. The locking bolt interfaces with the strike-plate and this type of lock is normally monitored for bolt throw – the magnet inside the striker plate in the frame activates the bolt into the locked position. A solenoid lock can be either fail-safe or fail-secure depending on your preferences.

The Motorised lock

This lock functions in a similar way to a solenoid lock. The only exception is that the bolt itself locks and unlocks due to motorised capabilities. This means that the bolt is stable in your choice of a locked or unlocked position. The motorised lock also works using a magnet in the striker plate/box to activate the bolt.

Why should you choose a high-security lock for your business?

Many solutions on the market are promoted as “high-security” but not all of them live up to this claim. It’s important to select a lock based on the accreditations and certifications of the brand that manufactures them. The true measure of a high-security lock is the extent to which it is difficult to manipulate and the degree to which it can prevent forced entry. It is also critical to have the right type of lock for the right application e.g. high traffic versus low traffic volume.

Your business could be susceptible to a host of threats depending on the area you work in, the nature of your business and how many employees you have. This means that taking these into consideration when choosing a lock will allow you to choose the most effective solution for you.

With a high-security electronic lock being practically tamper-proof, it makes sense to install these over more traditional ones. The electromechanical lock inside the door can be secured by a high security escutcheon further preventing attack. This is especially important in instances where opportunistic criminals might resort to a power tool like a drill in an attempt to access your premises.

If you’re currently looking for high quality and high-security solutions, why not chat with our team of experts? As the leaders in door opening solutions, we’ve got a range of products to suit your business’ needs. To get in touch with us, please click here.